Carolina Containers storage containersDo you want to create an unusual structure that involves a little craftiness but costs less and can overall be more efficient for your company or personal life?  Container modifications  are building alternatives that allow you to live in fun yet creative structures or create a portable workspace.

These container houses are made out of just about any brand of shipping container out there.  The only thing that you need is blueprints.  Where do you get plans for container modifications?  Most people create their project plans.  This process can be slightly daunting so we have prepared a guide for you so that you can navigate the world of crafting your container home.

Start The Design

The first stage is to start the design this can be done with a number of tools.  One of the best tools for the job is Google SketchUp.  You can get models for the containers from Google’s massive library 3D Warehouse.  SketchUp also includes the resources you need to plan floorplans such as walls, beds, chairs, and tables.

There are a variety of other online and downloadable programs that are available on the internet, but Google is one of the best because of its extensive database of resources, and it’s easy to use.  You don’t need to be an architect to figure it out.

If you need inspiration for the floor plan, take a look at some of the tiny house blogs out there.  Google SketchUp has a variety of helpful resources on the internet itself.

Consult with Professionals

After you have a design that you like it is important to know if it will work or not.  The last thing you want to do is start to invest in a plan that will have faults.  This step is achieved by finding an engineering firm that offers consultations and having them take a look at your design.  A fee is charged for this process but it is better than making a mistake down the road, and it will be nominal for someone who wants to save money by building a container house.

Find The Containers

For some, the hardest part of building a container house is finding the storage containers themselves.  This part varies widely.  Some people can find them in their city or town if they live near a port.  However, there are also a variety of companies that allow you to order shipping containers online.

Sometimes you can even buy containers on websites such as Craigslist or eBay.  If you are buying them on Craigslist, make sure to see the containers before you pay to ensure that you aren’t caught up in a scam.

If you order or purchase these containers used, you may not be able to tell what was transported in them.  Even if the company selling the containers has cleaned them out, you should perform a thorough cleaning before the transformation into a house begins.


The first step to any home, cabin, office or storage location is a foundation.  Container buildings can use any foundation out there.  Concrete is an attractive option because it ensures the shelter is secured to the earth.  You can even have a basement put in the foundation of a container modification.  The design is all up to your preferences and the build location.

Placing The Containers

You will need help with this part; there is no way around that.  You want to have your containers lowered into place on your foundation by a crane.  Once the containers are in place, you will need to secure them down.  Securing can be done by welding them to the foundation or bolting them down.  There are several other options for securing the containers to foundations, but they are rare and difficult to utilize.

After your containers are placed, you are done with the hardest parts of the project.  All that is left to do is install reinforcements for the structure and to remove walls where you need to.  Some people may also opt to install windows and other features on the exterior of the containers.  But these steps should be far easier than the ones you have already handled.

Carolina Containers has new shipping containers and also containers with modifications, for more information contact Carolina Containers at 919-562-9187.